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Tony Maher is
NationalPresident of Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union and General President Mining & Energy Division.  The CFMEU Mining and Energy Division is the principal trade union in the Australian Coal Industry, representing the vast majority of people employed, and is a key union in the Metalliferous Mining, Power Generation, Oil and Gas Industries.

Tony entered the CFMEU through FEDFA amalgamation in 1993. He has held national positions in the Mining and Energy Division until elected as General President in July 1998. Has been re elected unopposed in 2000 and 2004 and was recently elected National President of CFMEU.

Dr Nikki Williams was appointed CEO of the NSW Minerals Council in July 2004. She is a senior marketing and business development manager who has worked the African, Asian and European geographies with multinational companies operating in the coal, oil, gas and chemical industries.

Prior to joining the Minerals Council, Nikki has held a range of positions including CEO of the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association  representing Australia’s second largest manufacturing sector; Business Development Director for the UK based QP Group; and GM Marketing and Business Development for corProcure (a B2B electronic marketplace) where she controlled procurement operations, alliances and acquisitions, sales and marketing. 

After leaving university in the early 1980s with a first class honours degree, Nikki worked for Esso as an Industrial Relations Officer. In 1989 she joined the World Coal Institute in London as Director Public Affairs where she particularly focussed on policy and strategy around coal and climate change and then moved to Shell Coal International in 1992  where she was Regional Supply Manager – trading over 13 million tonnes of coal annually from China, South Africa, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe. In late 1994, Nikki moved to Shell International Gas as Business Development Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, with a predominant focus on the $3billion Nigerian LNG project.

Nikki has a Ph.D in International Relations in the field of Terrorism and has served on a wide variety of international Boards and government advisory panels along with Advisory Boards to the University of Melbourne , UNSW, the ANU, the CSIRO and the Centre for the Economic Development of Australia. She is a Trustee of the Auscoal Superannuation Fund, a Director of Coal Services P/L, is a member of the New York Academy of Science, a former member of the World Energy Council and an accredited energy expert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe .

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